About George M. Borrello
Republican, Conservative, Independence Party, Libertarian Republican, Conservative, Independence Party, Libertarian
George Borrello was elected New York State Senator for the 57th District following his November 2019 decisive victory in a special election for the seat that had previously been held by Cathy Young. Encompassing 4,139 square miles, the 57th Senate District is one of the state’s largest and includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua counties plus eight towns in Livingston County.
A successful businessman and entrepreneur for most of his adult life, George founded his own company, Top-Shelf Marketing, in his early 20s. After growing the business into a nationally recognized supplier to the hospitality industry, he merged it with another company where he spent 20 years in executive management.
George was motivated to enter public service because he saw the region he loved struggling with many challenges. From population loss and blighted neighborhoods, to increasing taxes and regulations, to an aging infrastructure, the desire to contribute positive solutions drove him to get involved.
The first step on this path was in 2010, when he took office as a Chautauqua County legislator representing the Town of Hanover. During his eight years in office, he pursued projects to promote tourism, improve infrastructure, downsize government, and clean up run-down properties.
Seeking to have an even greater impact, he ran for County Executive in 2017. Seeing the great potential of a county that faced many challenges because of a lack of coordination and communication among municipalities, he prioritized outreach and collaboration in his leadership.
The results of that strategic shift were significant. George met with 107 local businesses and groups in his first 100 days, gathering feedback that led to a stronger partnership with the business community and a new emphasis on workforce development. He crafted county budgets that reduced taxes while making record infrastructure investments. He created an unprecedented agreement among Chautauqua Lake stakeholders that led to vast improvements in the lake’s usability. George also spearheaded an innovative project to create an integrated hops, barley, and grain processing facility, which is poised to be a game changer for the region’s agricultural sector.
In the Senate, George will be a fierce advocate for the people of the 57th District and will pursue his goals with the same spirit of collaboration and communication that defined his local government tenure. Among his priorities will be: efforts to ease New York’s high tax burden to help stem the outflow of jobs and residents from upstate New York; legislation to help the agricultural community, particularly small family farms who are struggling to stay afloat; and workforce development initiatives to ensure young people have access to good-paying jobs and employers have the labor they need to operate and grow their businesses.
Noting that nearly half of the state’s private sector workforce is employed by small businesses, George has also vowed that one of the first bills he will sponsor in the Senate will be his “First Employee Tax Credit Plan,” which will help ease the disproportionate rise in costs that result from adding just one employee.
George graduated from Fredonia High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.
George and his wife Kelly are also small business owners. They operate businesses in the Town of Hanover including Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill, The Sunset Bay Beach Club and their newest venture, Villaggio Italiano Pizza & Pasta, opening in early 2020.
George and Kelly reside in Sunset Bay and are active in local charity and volunteer organizations.